Umar Sharif

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Sprawl Kills

Traffic fatalities are one of the leading causes of death in cities across the globe, and it’s worst where there’s most sprawl.<p>Sprawl makes for an unfortunate living environment, not just because it is fairly reliably drab and dull. Sprawl actually kills. Traffic fatalities are one of the leading …

The strange phenomenon of musical 'skin orgasms'

Some people feel music so strongly the sensations can be compared to sex. How does a good song move the body and mind in this way, asks David Robson.<p>Sometimes music strikes the body like a bolt of lightning. “I was in a friend’s dorm room in my third year as an undergraduate,” Psyche Loui …

Liberland: hundreds of thousands apply to live in world's newest 'country'

Accessible only by car via miles of winding, dusty Croatian roads, Gornja Siga – current population zero – is an unlikely testing ground for a plan to shape the world’s political future. It is a secluded area where verdant forest meets white sand on a western bank of the river Danube. The only …

Rooftop restaurant provides rare bright spot in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When nightfall descends upon Gaza, the glittering lights of the Level Up restaurant seem to be the only bright spot in …

Israel

Making an empty house a home: how some people are living rent-free in London

A company called Dot Dot Dot aims to help people struggling to find a place to live by hiring them as guardians of unoccupied buildings<p>London’s residential housing market infamously has high rents and an acute property shortage. Yet the city also has a reported 60,000 empty properties, creating …

The Weird and Wacky World of Physics: Strings, Calabi-Yau and Massless Blackholes , page 1

<i>Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms. Nothing is mere. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and</i> …

Why does the media have a blindspot on food science?

Last week the news told us to be scared of our salad. The story came from food journalist Joanna Blythman, who had a lengthy feature article in the Guardian’s weekend magazine that took readers around a food manufacturers’ trade show, informing us of the unearthly sounding gunk lurking unseen, and …

Diabetes

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Quantum Physics

Fixing Traffic Congestion In Kenya: Twende Twende

About $600,000 per day is lost in Nairobi due to congestion on roads. The city is the fourth-most congested city in the world, according to a 2011 survey. Many of the city’s roads are decades old and were developed for a city of 350,000 inhabitants, instead of the over 3.4 million population today. …

Far-right Pegida eclipsed by its opponents at first UK demo

‘You’re not welcome here: get off our streets’ – Newcastle protestors’ message to anti-Islam marchers outnumbered by 3,000 to 400<p>A rally of thousands of anti-fascists, trade unionists and faith representatives dwarfed the first UK demonstration by a far-right group against the “Islamisation of …

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Solar Power Towers Are 'Vaporizing' Birds

But they aren't the deadliest energy source for our feathered friends<p>The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada is set to come online in March. Once completed, it will use thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a tower, melting millions of pounds of salt contained inside. The molten salt …

Renewable Energy

Luxury: the new breed of student digs

Anthony Gardner meets the undergraduates who are paying extra for creature comforts – but is this how university life should be?<p>For a <b>student</b> residing at the Vita Student building in Manchester, life is full of dilemmas. Do you head for one of the university libraries, or curl up with your books on …

Défilé Gareth Pugh

Frozen Facades, Frolicking Red Pandas, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Race is a Social Concept, Not a Scientific One (Op-Ed)

<i>Michael Hadjiargyrou is chair of the Department of Life Sciences at the New York Institute of Technology. He contributed this article to Live</i> …

Race & Ethnicity

Watch what castAR's projected augmented reality can do

In November last year, former Valve engineer Jeri Ellsworth and her team over at Technical Illusions finally shipped their first ever castAR headset -- a pair of projected augmented reality glasses that the crew have been working on for almost two years. Thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter …

Hydrogel bait lures ants to a killing party

Pesticide bait delivered by hydrogel can go a long way to decimate Argentine ant colonies. In a recent study, the ant population in an orchard was …

Miu Miu Glitter heels for Bon Marché

FASHION NEWS<p><b>The Italian house have created the exclusive Glitter capsule collection for the Parisian department store, in a sparkly reinterpretation</b> …

Fashion Week: A Day in 10 frames

FASHION INSPIRATION<p><b>As Peter Copping presented his first show for Oscar de la Renta, we caught up with Kate and Laura Mulleavy at the end of the</b> …

Roaming star system a near miss!

Scholz’s star passed only 0.8 light-years from our sun, only 70,000 years ago. It came closer than any other known star, sweeping through the Oort …

Michael Kors shows a return to high-rolling glamour

New York fashion week autumn/winter 2015,Fashion,Life and style,Handbags,World news<p>Designer tries to woo fashion’s tastemakers with refined and sophisticated takes on ready-to-wear as success of his handbags jeopardises brand’s exclusivity<p>Michael Kors has what many in the fashion industry would …

Build Your Own Interactive Chalkboard On The Cheap

You could spend thousands of dollars on a smart board. Or you could make your own for $40.<p>Technology that translates your writing and doodles into computer-generated imagery has been around for a while, but it generally requires special material to write on as well as a smart writing implement, and …

Drawing

Mars or Pitcairn: which would be worse to live on?

One has nothing to do and is almost impossible to get to. The other is Mars. Where would you rather move to?<p>It’s baffling. In the same week we learn that only one person has <b>applied to move to Pitcairn</b>, the tiny Pacific island trying to boost its dwindling population, it transpires that an …

Experimental new HIV treatment may prevent infection

Monkey studies may lead to HIV vaccine<p>Researchers say that they have developed an HIV treatment capable of blocking infection in monkeys for more than 40 weeks after being administered. The results, reported today in <i>Nature</i>, appear so promising that the researchers believe it may be able to work as …

NASA Wants To Send A Nuclear Submarine To Saturn's Moon Titan

Nothing says "we come in peace" like a military spaceplane delivering a nuclear sub<p>There are places beyond the reach of NASA’s current army of robot space explorers. Impressive and capable as Curiosity and other land rovers are, they’d be pretty useless in the liquid hydrocarbon lakes of Saturn’s …

Moon

Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Your tongue doubtless knows the difference between a high-fat food and the low-fat alternative. Full-fat ice cream and cream cheese feel silkier and more sumptuous. Burgers made with fatty meat are typically juicer than burgers made with lean meat.<p>OK, so, we've long known fat gives food a desirable …

Can microbes pass DNA to their host’s babies?

The DNA of bacteria that live in the body can pass a trait to offspring in a way that’s similar to that of the parents’ own DNA.<p>The new study with …

Facebook's New Tool Helps Developers Debug Android Apps

Developers often struggle with quickly discovering problems in large native code bases and figuring out how to fix them, particularly when developing for Android.<p>Facebook might have a solution. Today, the company announced a new tool for debugging Android code called Stetho. Developers can use …

Apps